Birth Control: Changing Women’s Lives

Dame Margaret Sparrow, one of New Zealand’s leading sexual-health doctors and birth-control advocates, has gifted nearly 800 contraceptive devices to Te Papa. They form an amazing record of technological and social change.

Learn more about 100 years of birth control in New Zealand, including trailblazing feminists and Dame Margaret Sparrow’s own experiences.

Filmed in 2015 for the exhibition Contraception: Uncovering the collection of Dame Margaret Sparrow.

Contraception: Uncovering the collection of Dame Margaret Sparrow exhibition – find out more

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